Alison Holm

Reporter, News Anchor, International Fiduciary Compliance Officer

A native of Chicago, Alison grew up in Cincinnati and lived in several cities that did not begin with the letter "C" before she moved to Columbus. She received a BA from Earlham College and briefly attended Bir Zeit and Hebrew University. After a wide ranging career that included late night jazz host, housing discrimination field investigator, and occupational health video production, she settled on radio news as the best excuse to talk to people for a living. Some of her favorite interviews include Nikki Giovanni, Yo-yo Ma and N'tobo M'beke. Alison has an equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.

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5:33 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Swine flu cases at Butler County Fair linked to Indiana fair

The outbreak of swine flu among several dozen people who attended the Butler County Fair last week has been linked to a similar outbreak in Indiana. Health officials say up to 41 people, nearly all of them children, have become sick with symptoms similar to those of a swine flu strain. The southwest Ohio cases are linked to the Butler County Fair, which ended last weekend. 

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5:20 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

School Board Superintendent apologies for 'bad judgement'

Ohio's leading education official has issued a public apology after a state watchdog found that he lobbied for a Texas-based standardized testing firm last year while on the company's payroll. Superintendent Stan Heffner said he had shown bad judgment and would accept whatever punishment the Ohio Board of Education deems necessary. 

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5:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Crops endangered in drought-stricken Ohio

The US Agriculture Department has classified an additional 218 counties and a dozen states as disaster areas due to the nation's drought. That brings this year's total to nearly 1600 counties in Ohio and 31 other states. More than 90% of them because of the drought. A national monitor map by the University of Nebraska shows Ohio is in a moderate drought. Ohio State University agricultural economist Matt Roberts tells statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen recent rainfall cannot reverse much of the damaged crop yields.

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6:59 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

News storms trigger Central Ohio power outages

Storms rolling through Central Ohio this afternoon have left over 14,000 people in Franklin County without power, according to American Electric Power.

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6:44 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Ohio health system collects fingerprints to fight painkiller abuse

Holzer Health systems in Gallipolis is hoping a fingerprint collection
program will help it cut down on prescription painkiller abuse. 

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7:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

CBJ trades Nash to New York

After months of speculation, the Columbus Blue Jackets have traded captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers.  Alison Holm has more.

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10:14 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Board of Regents recommends tobacco-free campuses

Ohio higher education officials have voted unanimously to urge the state's
public campuses to ban use of all tobacco products, both indoors and
outdoors.

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10:08 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Bomb scare briefly closes courthouse

A bomb threat briefly closed the county courthouse in downtown Columbus this morning.

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5:52 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Residents unconvinced about benefits of a privatized Ohio Turnpike

Residents living near the Ohio Turnpike aren't convinced about the benefits state officials say would come by privatizing the toll road. The first public meeting about the plan came last night in Elyria, where Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo expressed concerns about increased tolls and sloppy maintenance. 

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5:27 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Record-breaking spending in Ohio Senate campaign

Ohio's largest police union has thrown its support behind democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in the state's closely watched campaign for U.S. Senate. It marks the first time in 24 years the fraternal order of police has endorsed a democrat for senate. In a statement, president Jay McDonald cited Brown's opposition to the governor's collective bargaining overhaul as a key factor in its endorsement. The FOP chose brown over republican opponent and state treasurer Josh Mandel. The race continues to draw attention in and outside of The Buckeye State. And as Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports, it's already setting records.

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5:53 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Three approved for Ohio's new inmate employment program

State prisons director Gary Mohr has approved the first three inmates for a program meant to help ex-cons find work. The program provides information to employers about an inmate's employability. Mohr says it's designed to reduce Ohio's prison population in part by reducing recidivism. 

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5:18 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Decrease in toxic algae blooms expected

The director of Ohio State University's Sea Grant program predicts this year's toxic blue-green algae bloom in Lake Erie's Western Basin will be much smaller than last year. A team of researchers collaborated on a seasonal algae prediction, saying this year will be mild compared with worsening blooms over the past few years. The team says there's been less rain than usual, reducing the phosphorus from raw sewage and farm fertilizer runoff that feeds algae growth. The algae produce bacteria that can kill animals and sicken humans.

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5:05 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Authorities arrest suspects in multi-state telemarketing scam

Ohio officials say only two of the 18 indicted suspects remain at large in a telemarketing scam that allegedly stole millions from people in 41 states over the past five years. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office said Monday that two more members of the ring, including its alleged leader, have been arrested in the past two days - one in Florida and one in Ohio. DeWine says the suspects targeted land owners and led them to believe their property was worth more than it really was.

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9:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

CCS votes to postpone levy request

The Columbus city school board voted last night to postpone a proposed tax levy and bond issue until sometime in 2013. Alison Holm has more.

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9:47 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Utilities, homeowners and businesses coping with storm damage

Utility crews continue to work to restore power to the some 660-thousand customers affected by storms that ripped through the state Friday afternoon.  another 20-thousand lost power when a second storm system moved through Sunday night. 

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10:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

'Time out room' lawsuit against school dropped

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought over the Columbus city school
district's use of timeout rooms for children with severe emotional and
behavioral problems.   

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8:51 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Ohio's beaches among most polluted in country

A new water quality report shows Ohio's beaches are among the most polluted in the Great Lakes Region -- which is one of the worst in the nation.  Alison Holm has more

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7:08 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

New Blue Jackets associate coach named

New Jackets Associate Coach Craig Hartsburg
Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press

Veteran NHL coach Craig Hartsburg will join the Columbus Blue Jackets as associate coach.

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6:54 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Disposal of military surplus given to CPD under investigation

Two Columbus police officers are under an internal investigation related to military surplus items given to the division through a long-term federal program.

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9:06 am
Wed June 20, 2012

City and school swap property; plan new developments

The Columbus City school board voted last night to accept the largest land swap in its history, in a deal with the city that ends up in a win-win -- and new construction -- for both parties.  

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